The Next Chapter

In my role as a clinical psychologist I often think about the people I serve as having a life made up of many chapters. When I meet with them, I listen for how the chapters that have already been written have affected them, and I think about how our work together will be a chapter, too, and how what we do together will in some small way contribute to the many chapters that are yet to be written.

My own life has had many chapters, and one of those professional chapters is coming to a close, just as a new chapter is about to be written.

It was announced earlier this week that I’ve accepted a new position at Wheaton College. This transition will take place in July of 2019. Here is a write up about it. We are excited about this next chapter, but it is also hard to leave a community we have grown to love over the past 20 years. We have time to prepare for this transition and are grateful for that.

I anticipate that while this is a new vocational assignment, I will continue to research in LGBTQ+ studies. That has been and will likely continue to be my main area of integration scholarship.

Along those lines, I have two books scheduled for release in 2019. One is on how clinicians can work in therapy when clients report a conflict between their sexuality and faith. The other book is titled Costly Obedience, and it is a research-informed look at the experiences of celibate gay Christians. I’m currently working on a book tentatively titled, Emerging Gender Identities, scheduled for publication in 2020.


2 thoughts on “The Next Chapter

  1. Hi Dr. Mark,

    I’m so grateful for your work. Thank you for being that voice for compassion in the evangelical church, the church that raised me, that led me to Jesus and a living relationship with him.

    Your new book, Costly Obedience, I’m sure will be another life-giving work for many.

    The title seems to reflect a desire to honor the holy lives of “Side B” Christians. Yet it could be construed to be implying that “Side A” Christians are living in disobedience (therefore unholy). I wonder if your publisher’s marketing team would consider a more nuanced title?

    Please forgive my per sumptuousness, since I’ve not read the book.

    I wish your work can reach a wider audience.

    And I wish you all the best in your new chapter.


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